With the never ending warm weather and rain, it wasn’t just a matter of if, but when our beloved Pico Mountain would close. Closing on March 13th, 2016; a very early closing and one that this mountain has not seen in many, many years. Pico would not be alone in closing early, as other mountains in the East too suffered this winter, due to the lack of cooler temperatures and snow.

Our last day at Pico yielded most of the die hard skiers and riders we know, that also love this mountain and the culture around it. With little time in our day and the snow melting, we took advantage of whatever limited terrain our mountain had to offer.

The mountain offered some amazing conditions, and the sun was bright against a great blue sky. Meeting up with the Roberts’ family was a special plus too. The Roberts represent 3 generations of skiers at Pico, a legacy that we Albas hope to pass on too.

Beyond a doubt to us, climate change is real. This year, the warmest on record, has us concerned if there will ever be a normal winter again. However, even with this, we are forever “Always Hopeful” that Pico will be there for us next year, with the snow the Heavens delivered.

Please enjoy our most recent edit, “Always Hopeful”.